Books : reviews

Bruce Schneier.
Applied Cryptography: protocols, algorithms and source code in C.
Wiley. 1994

Bruce Schneier.
Secrets and Lies: digital security in a networked world.
Wiley. 2000

Welcome to It’s digital: Information is more readily accessible than ever. It’s inescapably connected: businesses are increasingly—if not totally—dependent on digital communications. But our passion for technology has a price: increased exposure to security threats. Companies around the world need to understand the risks associated with doing business electronically. The answer starts here.

Information security expert Bruce Schneier explains what everyone in business needs to know about security in order to survive and be competitive. Pragmatic, interesting, and humorous, Schneier exposes the digital world and the realities of our networked society. He examines the entire system, from the reasons for technical insecurities to the minds behind malicious attacks. You’ll be guided through the security war zone, and learn how to understand and arm yourself against the threats of our connected world.

There are no quick fixes for digital security. And with the number of security vulnerabilities, breaches, and digital disasters increasing over time, it’s vital that you learn how to manage the vulnerabilities and protect your data in this networked world. You need to understand who the attackers are, what they want, and how to deal with the threats they represent. In Secrets and Lies, you’ll learn about security technologies and product capabilities, as well as their limitations. And you’ll find out how to respond given the landscape of your system and the limitations of your business.

Niels Ferguson, Bruce Schneier.
Practical Cryptography.
Wiley. 2003

Bruce Schneier.
Schneier on Security.
Wiley. 2008

Bruce Schneier.
Liars and Outliers.
Wiley. 2012

How does society function when you can't trust everyone?

When we think about trust, we naturally think about personal relationships or bank vaults. That's too narrow. Trust is much broader, and much more important. Nothing in society works without trust. It's the foundation of communities, commerce, democracy—everything.

In this insightful and entertaining book, Schneier weaves together ideas from across the social and biological sciences to explain how society induces trust. He shows how trust works and falls in social settings, communities, organizations, countries, and the world.

In today's hyper-connected society, understanding the mechanisms of trust is as important as understanding electricity was a century ago. Issues of trust and security are critical to solving problems as diverse as corporate responsibility, global warming, and our moribund political system. After reading Liars and Outliers, you'll think about social problems, large and small, differently.

Bruce Schneier.
Data and Goliath: the hidden battles to collect your data and control your world.
Norton. 2015

You are under surveillance right now.

Your cell phone provider knows your location; vendors record your purchasing patterns; your e-mails, texts, and social network activity are stored indefinitely; and all of this information is used by corporations and governments to manipulate, discriminate, and censor your experiences. The result is a mass-surveillance society of our own making. Security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, showing us exactly what we can do to reform government surveillance programs, shake up surveillance-based business models, and protect our individual privacy.